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Herb Butter Turkey being served for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Easy Herb Butter Turkey Recipe

This incredibly Easy Herb Butter Turkey Recipe will take all the stress out of preparing your Thanksgiving Dinner. With just a few simple ingredients and a couple minutes of prep, you'll have mouthwatering results that everyone will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Holiday
Keyword butter, Thanksgiving, turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 14 servings
Calories 254 kcal


  • 12-14 lb Turkey thawed
  • 6 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 stalk of Celery
  • 2 Oranges
  • 4 large Carrots
  • 3 large Onions
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make sure that Turkey is fully thawed. If necessary, remove neck and giblets from inside of bird. Set aside if needed for stuffing/gravy.

  2. Melt butter in microwave, mix in all seasonings and then let sit in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Butter should have a waxy consistency that is easy to spread on Turkey.

  3. While Butter is in the fridge, peel carrots and onions. Chop up carrots, onions, celery and oranges. Stuff inside of turkey. The leftover vegetables are put on the bottom of the roasting pan.

  4. Lather turkey with herb butter. Make sure to get under the skin as well as over the skin. Apply liberally.

  5. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine, tuck the wings under the turkey.

  6. Place turkey on top of vegetables in roasting pan. Pour in 1 cup of Chicken stock. Cover with Aluminum Foil. Make sure the foil is not touching the turkey. Put on lowest rack of oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about 3 1/2 hours. If needed, you can add more chicken stock every hour if the pan seems to be getting dry.

  7. After 3 1/2 hours, remove the foil, turn the temperature up to 400 degrees and cook until internal temperature of turkey at thickest part of thigh reaches 180 degrees. Let turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Herb Butter Turkey Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.